Nursing Leadership Overview and Analysis

According to Wendy, The Joint Commission (formerly known as Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), is one of the bodies that focus on quality and effective patient care. In the paper, Wendy describes some of the reasons that make the commission reputable towards better healthcare and treatment. The commission encourages the use of birthdates to identify patients because the use of rooms might be erroneous. This method makes helps nurses to identify all patients and provide the right medication. As a nursing leader, Wendy believes that Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Medication Administration Records (eMAR) can be essential towards providing safe and better care to patients. Towards better healthcare support, EMRs are essential to provide accurate and efficient services to patients (Pozgar, 2010). This is something outstanding from Wendy’s paper.

Wendy goes further to identify the Root Cause Analysis as a necessary tool to identify wrong medical practices. The tool helps nurses prevent the practices in the future. As a leader, I believe that Wendy considers the best precautions and extra measures for medical facilities to offer safe and quality patient care. Proper policies and procedures are necessary towards better healthcare. According to Amer (2013), patient safety initiatives helps nursing leaders promote evidence-based support and practices thus addressing the changing needs of the patients. Such safety initiatives ensure patients get proper care and health services. The measures also address the major issues affecting the quality of their health (Sullivan, 2013). While that is the case, the biggest question is how Wendy would deal with some of the unforeseen challenges and financial obstacles while trying to offer quality and safe patient support.

Response to Tracy

In her article, Tracy examines some of the fundamental issues that describe professional nursing practice. Some of the issues mentioned include the need for proper working environment and provision of evidence-based support. As well, I agree with Tracy when she explains that there is need to punish nursing managers and leaders whenever they fail to promote the best practices towards better healthcare (Amer, 2013). Tracy goes further to introduce the Institute of Medicine (IOM) as one of the agencies promoting safe practice. The five principles for healthcare performance are essential towards evidence-based practice.

Tracy also considers the role of The Joint Commission as necessary towards improving quality of care and safety in different hospitals. Tracy introduces the Six Sigma as an important program that helps monitor the progress of patients. Pareto charts also display the differences between groups thus monitoring progress. With such insights, I would agree with Tracy because she provides essential ideas and frameworks that help nurses offer quality services and care to patients (Pozgar, 2010). Nursing leaders can borrow a lot from Tracy’s ideas in order to offer quality support and leadership in hospitals. This is biggest question I would pose to Tracy is how she would exemplify the best traits and practices as a nurse leader.

My Personal Position

Borrowing from the ideas and views offered by both Wendy and Tracy, I would be able to promote the best quality and safety initiatives for my patients. As a nurse leader, I will lead the workers, provide them with relevant resources, and focus on the best tools for proper performance. These tools will guide the nurses and nurses to provide evidence-based support, promote safety, improve service delivery and address the issues affecting their patients. It is necessary to understand how to use different evaluation methods and tools for better practice. With the use of Pareto Diagrams and focusing on Magnet Designation, it will be easier to achieve the targeted nursing goals. The methods will play a major role towards better service delivery to different patients (Parsons & Cornett, 2011). Proper leadership encourages different practices such as resource allocation, mentoring and monitoring to ensure every team member provides the best care to different patients. As Sullivan (2013) observes, this will promote service delivery and delivery in the healthcare facility. This is my ultimate goal as a nursing leader.

Reference List

Amer, K. S. (2013). Quality and Safety for Transformational Nursing. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Educational Inc.

Parsons, M. & Cornett, P. (2011). Sustaining the pivotal organizational outcome: magnet recognition. Journal of Nursing Management, 19(1), 277-286.

Pozgar, G. D. (2010). Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Professionals. Sudbury: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Sullivan, E. J. (2013). Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education Inc.